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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you need earbuds for casual music listening and occasional calls, the JBL Tune Flex with its better performance for music and low-latency mode could be more suitable, especially if you enjoy gaming or watching videos. However, if you prefer a stemless design and prioritize noise isolation, longer battery life, and the convenience of wireless charging for commuting or air travel, the JBL Tune Buds would be the better choice. The Tune Buds also have a better build quality score, but they don't perform as well as the Tune Flex for calls and meetings. Each has an integrated microphone, but neither is noted for exceptional mic quality. Both options are sweatproof and dustproof, great for exercising, but neither supports a lossless codec for audiophile-grade listening. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the JBL Tune Buds
  • The JBL Tune Buds has no clear advantages over the JBL Tune Flex.
Advantages of the JBL Tune Flex
  • Good for music
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

6.2
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
7.3
The JBL Tune Flex is good for music, while the JBL Tune Buds is only fair.

Gaming

5.4
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
8.5
The JBL Tune Flex is very good for gaming, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
6.3
The JBL Tune Flex is only fair for phone calls, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.8
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
9.0
The JBL Tune Flex is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

TV and Video

6.1
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
7.8
The JBL Tune Flex is good for TV and video, while the JBL Tune Buds is only fair.

Battery

10.4 Hours
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
6.5 Hours
The JBL Tune Buds has 10.4 hours of battery life. The JBL Tune Flex has 6.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$70
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
$60
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The JBL Tune Buds has a price of $70 and the JBL Tune Flex costs $60.
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Key similarities

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Noise Reduction

6.7
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
6.5
The JBL Tune Buds and JBL Tune Flex are both only fair for noise reduction.

Build Quality

8.5
Tune Buds
Tune Flex
8.5
The JBL Tune Buds and JBL Tune Flex both have very good build quality.

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How the JBL Tune Buds and the JBL Tune Flex compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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JBL Tune BudsJBL Tune Flex
JBL Tune BudsJBL Tune Flex

GENERAL

Price
$70
$60
Brand
JBLJBL
Release Date
May 1, 2023September 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
6.3/107.3/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/106.3/10
Gaming Score
5.5/108.6/10
TV and Video Score
6.1/107.8/10
Exercise Score
7.6/107.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
10.4 Hours6.5 Hours
Wireless charging
NoNo
Charging time
2 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.2
Case Battery Life
3018

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
6.8/106.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
6/105.1/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7/107.6/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
10.8 Grams9 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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PC Mag

Tim Gideon | September 2023
"JBL’s Tune Buds stick with the company’s signature bass-heavy sound by default, but a quality in-app EQ lets you sculpt the audio to taste. These noise-cancelling true wireless earphones also mitigate environmental distractions fairly well for the price and offer good battery life. If you're specifically seeking bold, bass-tuned audio out of the box, the Tune Buds are worth a listen."

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MajorHiFi

Gabby Bloch | May 2023
"JBL is offering a similar design and arguably better resolution than the more expensive AirPods 3rd Generation. Add to that a comfortable and versatile fit, an equalizer and pretty decent ANC, and you’ve got a quality wireless earphone. I would have loved longer battery life and more crystal calls, but for the price, you can’t complain. A solid deal overall."

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About JBL

JBL is an American audio equipment manufacturer. Owned by Harman International which is, itself, owned by Samsung Electronics. JBL markets a wide array of monitoring speakers, professional headphones and consumer market headphones and earbuds. It was founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing (whose initials give the company its name) and has become one of the most prolific audio companies ever. Their products were responsible for audio during the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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